Friday, 29 May 2015

EC calls for voluntary origin labeling for food

The EU executive defended the position promoting the voluntary origin labeling for unprocessed food products, products that comprise a single ingredient and the ingredients that represent more than 50 per cent of a food product. It argues that it seeks to avoid the increase in sales price and in costs for companies and administrations that would involve the mandatory character for the requirement. According to the EC, "the mandatory origin labeling at the level of the European Union (EU) and, even more, at country level, is a very difficult task to implement in many areas of food products and represents a significant increase in cost production, which ultimately would be passed on to consumers." Therefore, it believes that "the voluntary origin labeling would be the alternative that would disrupt the market the least and would keep product costs at current levels."